SHOP NOW! Clearance Tops, Dresses, Shoes, & More from TJ Maxx!


One of my favorite things to do when I wake up in the morning (without the ring of a rowdy alarm clock) is to check my email. While I’ve been trying to discipline myself to disconnect from technology a little more each day, especially in the summer where there’s just so much to do & plenty of fresh air & sunshine to take in, I can’t help but still be a little obsessed with clicking through emails from my favorite retailers, blogs, & fashion news sources. It’s like having my own personal fashion show & bargain shopping experience while I’m still in the comfort of my own bed. With that, I’ve created SHOP NOW!, a new category of blog posts here on Style Darling Daily where I’ll be sharing the most exciting fashion buys & sales from the day. These are the styles that make me do a double take, inspire me to explore the latest in fashion, & even get me excited to get ready for another stylish day. So let’s get to it!

Getting into the spirit of summer isn’t hard to do, but when you can’t find anything to wear (oh, I’ve been there!) & you’re on a budget, there are plenty of options to resolve your style rut! Classic tops, flirty dresses, chic shoes, & effortless accessories are the key ingredients to a summer of superb style. Right now, TJ Maxx is having a major clearance event with plenty of brand names items, seasonal essentials, & trendy must-haves for unbelievable prices. Keep in mind that when it comes to clearance sales, sizes & quantities are sometimes limited, but finding a last chance deal makes for a great story!

These tops are perfect for a cool night with a pair of skinny jeans, headed to the local festival in cut-off shorts & sandals, or mixing it up with capris & wedges for a sophisticated summer take.

SHOP: Kaktus cold shoulder ruffle top, Cable & Gauge lace cut-out top, Cupio off-the-shoulder flutter sleeve top, & Acemi plus flounce cami.

Like this season’s hottest summer tops, dresses with ruffles & cold shoulders are the way to go. These affordable & versatile dress options can be accessorized in so many ways with statement necklaces or layering chains, espadrilles or peep toe flats, & belted or not!

SHOP: Cece by Cynthia Steffe Jackie ruffle cold shoulder dress, Ellen Tracy floral scuba dress, Nine West cold shoulder printed dress, & London Times plus denim dress.

It wouldn’t be summer without a fun & flirty shoe. While I’m always touting comfort as my first shoe priority, I love how a neutral wedge offer balance & elegance to a floral frock, whereas something with interesting details like polka dots, a laser cut trim, or animal prints can really express your personality & create some lovely style memories.

SHOP: Style by Charles David ankle strap wedges, Charles by Charles David Becki cork wedges, Jessica Simpson Raffia d’orsay pumps, Nicole Miller leather scalloped peep toe flats, & Bahia leather thong sandals.

Playing with accessories can completely revamp an old favorite like a shirt dress or t-shirt & jeans. Seek out details like pattern or texture in your extras. When it comes to jewelry, a mix of sparkle & simplicity is always the best way to go,

SHOP: Jules Smith stars scarf, Under One Sky paradise charger clutch, Isabella M rose gold opal stud earrings, Mythologie choker, Trina Turk gold opal ring, & Lisa Freede rhodium chain bracelet.

Where are you shopping for your best summer deals? Which store emails do you wait for in the morning? What seasonal trends are you seeking on sale? What’s your summer shopping budget? Happy Styling!

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Splurge Or Save… On A Black Peplum Tank!


During a recent shopping venture, it occurred to me that my wardrobe lacks a peplum piece. This was surprising because of how flattering a peplum silhouette is for any & every shape. I’ve seen plenty of peplums on the red carpet, designed into gowns, styled with pencil skirts, paired with pants, & accented on cocktail frocks. This is seen on Glee actress Naya Rivera in a Monique Lhuillier sleeveless top with a printed pencil skirt. Also, Star Trek’s Zoe Saldana celebrated Prabal Gurung in a belted top & shorts look by the designer. Oscar nominee Amy Adams is feminine in a polka dot Jenny Packham design with Jimmy Choo stilettos.

Naya Rivera, Zoe Saldana, Amy Adams, Olivia Palermo, Freida Pinto, & Cate Blanchett.

Style muse Olivia Palermo matches a tweed Rebecca Taylor top with skinny jeans & silver pumps. Indian beauty Freida Pinto took in Burberry Prorsum‘s recent runway show in a jewel tone ensemble. Aussie actress Cate Blanchett attended the Dubai International Film Festival in a peplum top by Peter Pilotto with a pencil skirt & studded evening sandals.

When you’re planning to invest in a trendy piece, it’s always important to consider how often you’ll wear it to get the most for your money. This is especially true in the case of the Trina Turk peplum top ($228.00) from Nordstrom, which is also available in pink & white to lighten up your tougher looks as we transition from winter to spring. For a more relaxed look, you can head over to ShopBop for the Only Hearts ladder back peplum camisole ($110.00) to wear with skinny jeans, liquid leggings, or a satin mini skirt. Banana Republic‘s ponte knit peplum top ($49.50) offers a chic alternative to stuffy work looks with suit separates or printed trousers.

At a lower price point, the Romeo & Juliet Couture high-low peplum blouse ($34.30) from Last Call by Neiman Marcus has been recently marked down from its original $130.00 price tag. For my curvier Style Darlings, the Mossimo sleeveless peplum top ($22.99) is available @Target in sizes XS – XXL. Also, it’s sold in white stripes & orange stripes so that you can play with prints & mix it with a pair of floral cropped pants or a polka dot skirt. Lastly, the most affordable is the zip back peplum tank ($17.94) from Express, however sizes are limited & will probably run out due to the store’s current 40% off sale.

Clearly, peplums are pretty easy to find so many varieties, especially sleeveless ones that are perfect for layering over long-sleeved shirts in the cooler months, over a sheath dress to add more structure, & with any & every bottom in your current wardrobe. Do you follow the peplum trend? How do you like to wear it? For more from Splurge or Save?, check out previous posts including blue leather moto jackets, Kim Kardashian’s silver pointy toe Jimmy Choo pumps, pink jeans from Michael Kors & J Brand, Diane Kruger’s floral Stella McCartney pants, & polka dot pants from White House Black Market & Ralph Lauren. Happy Styling!

Haute Headlines: Rose Byrne Covers Glamour UK, Elizabeth Olsen Announces Next Film, Best Male Looks From The Grammys, & More!


Haute Headlines

The last week has been full of amazing news, including that from last week’s Super Bowl, New York Fashion Week, that nasty winter storm Nemo, the red carpet from the BAFTA Awards, as well as this weekend’s Grammy Awards. What are the stories that you’ve been following? Which headlines are you tweeting? Happy Styling!

*Girls actor Christopher Abbott stars in Free People‘s new web series*

*Rose Byrne covers Glamour UK‘s March 2013 fashion issue*

*Watch Kelly Clarkson‘s Grammy tribute to Carole King & Patti Page*

*Carolina Herrera‘s newest collection teaches us how to dress like a lady*

*Helen Mirren debuts her pink hair at the BAFTAs*

*Gisele Bundchen shares first pictures of new daughter, Vivian Lake, on Facebook*

*Check out Marie Claire‘s favorite street style pics from New York Fashion Week*

*Elizabeth Olsen announces her starring role in another Godzilla remake*

*InStyle shares the best male looks from this weekend’s Grammys*

*Trina Turk debuts her collection at Lincoln Center*

*Anne Hathaway pays homage to Les Miserables with a fashionable clutch*

Super Style Wishlist: Building An All-Nordstrom Look With Vince Camuto Cap Toe Pumps!


After a short series adorable & exciting flirtation tweets back & forth with the Style Darlings at Vince Camuto, I’ve decided to revisit Super Style Wishlist with the challenge of styling the fabulous VC Signature ‘Priscilla’ pump ($225.00) in port from Nordstrom.  The cap toe trend just isn’t going away this season & the combination of the lush suede against the metallic accent makes for a polished & unexpected finish to any look.

I love the idea of mixing rich gem stones in a colorblocking way, which is why I was immediately drawn to the Trina Turk ‘Monarch’ sheath dress ($298.00) in velvet green.  The seams & waistband are perfect for any shape- not to mention that it’s the perfect dress to wear from the office to happy hour.  Since it’s fall & time for texture, I was very drawn to the Mcginn ‘Cass’ tweed jacket ($435.00) in navy, which makes the transition from day-to-night even more stylish.

Also, I wanted to add some extra splash with accessories like the Lauren Ralph Lauren leopard print calf hair belt ($72.00) & Expressions NYC ‘metallic wave’ box clutch ($48.00) in bronze. As for jewelry, I wanted to play with complimenting hues & was able to achieve this when I found the Kendra Scott ‘Allegra’ bib necklace ($195.00) in zodiac, Juicy Couture ‘Pretty in Pink’ stud earrings ($42.00) in lilac/gold, & Tory Burch ‘Column Resin’ statement ring ($95.00).

Of course the total for this entire look runs over $1400.00, but that’s why we have wishlists! How would you wear the cap toe pumps? Which fall trends are you following? For more luxury looks, check out previous posts featuring Marios Schwab 2013 ready-to-wear collection, leather on celebrities like Nicole Richie & Sophia Bush, red carpet looks on Elizabeth Olsen, Olivia Wilde, Sarah Jessica Parker, & more! Happy Styling!